Welcome to the GMUG National Forest!

Explore----Play---- Experience the magic that lives in the forest this fall! The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are your public lands.  It's All Yours - Go. Play.

Share Your Outdoor Experience with Yonder: The U.S. Forest Service has partnered with Yonder, and app designed for sharing your love of the outdoors. Get the app and share your fall color experience!

Upcoming Events- not to miss! September 25 is Color Sunday on the Grand Mesa!
The aspen colors will be near peak. Enjoy the scenery and visit the local merchants along the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway.

Fall Colors- Anticipated peak color is September 21-October 10.
Aspens are approaching peak (9/24) and patches of orange oakbrush are scattered across hillsides at lower elvevations. Now is the time to enjoy Fall on tthe GMUG. Take a scenic drive or surround yourself with yellow aspens on a hike or bike ride.  Check out our suggested scenic drives, and hikes! Find out  more on Fall colors on the GMUG (2016).


The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are a combination of separate National Forests located on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. These three combined Forests cover 3,161,900 acres of public land in the central and southern Rocky Mountains, an area that lies south of the Colorado River and west of the Continental Divide with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rockies.

The Forests vary in elevation from 5,800 feet above sea level in Roubideau Creek Canyon to 14,309 feet on Uncompahgre Peak.

The Forests include spectacular features like the 355 foot high Bridal Veil falls; the Grand Mesa with over 300 lakes, one of the world's largest flat top mountains; and the Alpine Tunnel, once the highest railroad tunnel in North America.

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